Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: PDP Chieftain Hails Jonathan's Sack of Azazi, Defence Minister

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Chief Ernest Elochukwu, has said that the sack of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), General Andrew Owoye Azazi, and the Minister of Defence, Alhaji Haliru Bello Mohammed, was a sign that President Goodluck Jonathan has woken up to the realization that he needs competent people to tackle the nation's security challenges.

Speaking to newsmen on Saturday in Abuja, Elochukwu who was the former National President of the National Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, (ANCLA), said the President must be dispassionate about the quality of persons he appoints into office.

"The sack of Azazi and Mohammed is s a welcome development and a sign that the President appears to have woken up to the realization that he needs to put in competent people to pilot the affairs of this country in every sector. Since it is apparent that he alone cannot do everything, it is therefore pertinent that he must be dispassionate about the quality of the persons he appoints or assigns to man various positions.

"It is also very important that he does not get swayed by tribal or ethnic sentiments in choosing his team or assigning them to their various portfolios.

Elochukwu a PDP aspirant for Nnewi North/Nnewi South/Ekwusigo Federal Constituency further said this is the time for the president to bring in pragmatic people with practical ideas so the transformation which he promised Nigerians will not be a mere illusion.

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